Hello auntkay! I'm so sorry that I'm late getting here to post a reply to you.
Ok, well....if this is a worker's comp issue, you are right in that you want to be careful.
With the type of work you do and who you work for, can I safely guess that you have union representation? If so, more than likely they also have lawyers that
an employee can go to with problems like this. If you do, I certainly would go and visit them to see what your rights are. In more than one instance, I have seen
where an employer tried to take the cheapest route out, in care for an employee.
Also, if you re-injured your back as a result from the fall at work, they would be liable for your care. Are you on FMLA? In most cases you are allowed 12 weeks a year,
If you have been using this, and you happen to need back surgery to correct your L4-L5 disk problem within the same year, your care can take longer than the 12 weeks allowed per year.
Make no mistake about
it, these company's know full well what it may take. Let's hope that this is not the case, but I worry when a back injury is involved.
Unless you are sitting on the board of directors or are the CEO, you are looked at as damaged goods that may cost the company lots of unproductive revenue.
So, I think you are wise in the caution you are concerned with. The most important item to deal with is your Health & your ability to retain your job.
It will be up to you to protect your rights, so be careful.
Lets hope that you have a wonderful track record, and that you are not just a number with your employer.
From what you describe with your pain, I would venture to guess that you may have other issues going on with your back, and may need some extended care above and beyond the PT (IMO)
If you are seeing a company Dr, I would be cautious. Remember they are employed by the company. There are several factors that I'm sure you are dealing with in your decision.
Vacation and sick leave time accrued by you, plus the FMLA time allowed by law, along with the financial revenue lost during this time, will have to be weighed, as to your decision.
Please take care, and if you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Also..just a tad bit more information about
you to the members might help them to provide a better and or more educated reply for you.
Your Chat friend! :)
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 8/15/2010 9:18:23 PM (GMT-6)